You have spent long and hard in a functional role, rising to "manager of accounting" or "maintenance manager" or "HR manager" or any number of other management roles. Now you want to move up a step to General Manager*.
What do you need to do now to prove that you are ready for the move up? Here is what I look for in a potential General Manager.
I look for evidence that a candidate has demonstrated most of the following skills in his or her current role:
I look for deep knowledge in at least one functional area. In addition, I want to see that the candidate has stretched out in order to have an impact on other functions. For example, a manager of operations should have shown the ability to add value on sales calls. Functions you should be aware of and be able to contribute ideas to might include:
If you are aspiring to a GM role, what are you doing to demonstrate these skills and knowledge? If you are already a GM, what would you add or take away from this list?
*A general manager usually has responsibility for all aspects of one segment of the business: finance, accounting, sales and marketing, human resources, operations, purchasing and so one.
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